Notes from Governor Hogan’s 1/5 Press Conference (graphics by Governor Hogan’s communications director, Mike Ricci)
270,150 doses of vaccines have been allocated by the state to hospitals, nursing homes, and local health departments as part of Phase 1A (98.7% of doses from the federal government).
163,225 doses were sent to every Maryland hospital. They have administered 55,941 doses, which is 34.3%.
Five counties have already used 80% or more of their allocations to date, including MoCo.
Governor Hogan has contacted United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar about his concerns with the slow pace of the program.
CEO of CVS tells Governor Hogan that they have administered twice as many vaccinations in the state as are being reported.
While not happy with how slow it’s moving, Governor Hogan says the pace is improving each day.
Maryland completed a record 11,553 vaccinations today, bringing total to 76,916.
How distribution process works
Maryland National Guard will start to dispatch emergency vaccination support teams to assist local health departments (they will help administer shots and provide logistical support starting tomorrow)
Effective immediately, the state is adopting a rolling vaccine allocation model and will no longer wait before all the members of a particular priority group are completed before moving on to those in the next group in line.
In the first 3 weeks, MD has only received enough vaccines for 4.4% of our population and is reliant on the federal government for our supply of vaccines.
Phase 1A populations now expanded. All licensed, registered, and certified healthcare providers anywhere in the state are now eligible for vaccination.
New Phase 1B will now include all Marylanders over the age of 75.
Phase 1B will include special needs group homes, high-risk inmates, developmentally disabled populations, continuity of government vaccinations, teachers, child care, and education staff.
New Phase 1C includes all Marylanders 65-74 and workers in additional critical sectors including grocery stores, public transit, agricultural production, and manufacturing.
New Phase 2 will include Marylanders ages 16-64 who are at increased risk of COVID-19 and essential workers in critical utilities and other sectors (additional 1.1 million Marylanders).